Developer: Sean Doherty

Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★½☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Trailer Park King is a comedic take on life in the trailer park (obviously), where players take on the role of a self-centered teenage redneck living in what would probably qualify as that kind of person’s Utopia.

IMG_0562Everywhere he goes, the protagonist seems to be met almost exclusively by a variety of loosely dressed girls, each filling the shoes of several neighborhood stereotypes (albeit, in a pretty exaggerated fashion). There is the gamer, the doctor (or nurse, I suppose), the store vendor, the pregnant greeter sitting behind the desk at the Strip Club, and the list goes on. This game was pretty obviously meant to appeal to a very specific target demographic: mostly boys, mostly teenagers. Every player interaction is voice-acted so users never have to make the effort of reading any lines. The acting itself is okay, though dragged along a bit. Conversations are mildly amusing at times, but nothing ever really stands out.

IMG_0561As far as the gameplay, it’s all very straightforward. King, the protagonist, must go from location to location and interact with the many girls around using a “point-and-click” mechanic that’s been altered to work with the iOS touch controls. The scope of the game is for players to help King discover the identity of a murderer, after he gets framed for the death of a girlfriend’s brother. It’s casual gameplay in its truest form, as this game will never require any real effort. All King must do is interact with every character on his suspect list, do them a favor in exchange for information then, one by one, cross them off the list until the murderer is discovered.

Ultimately, Trailer Park King feels like a rather lazy game that delivers a shallow teenage fantasy without having to make too much of an effort. Still, as far as the right audience is concerned, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


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